New cases of West Nile, including 1 in Kern County

New cases of West Nile, including 1 in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Five human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in California, including a second case in Kern County.

The Kern County Department of Public Health confirmed Wednesday that a 20-year-old man from the northern part of the county contracted the disease, which is transmitted to people and animals through mosquito bites. The man's name and hometown were withheld. Health officials said he's recovering at home.

The Associated Press and Modesto Bee are reporting on a 6-year-old Stanislaus County girl who became ill with West Nile on July 6. She is showing signs of improvement, but she had weakness on the right side of her body, lost the ability to walk and had difficulty speaking, the AP reported Wednesday.

The first confirmed human case of West Nile in California this year was a 70-year-old Kern County woman. She was hospitalized in June and is recovering.

The second case was a 59-year-old Clovis man, who was hospitalized and released.

The other case is from Merced County. No information was made available for that person.


Information from: The Associated Press